Born-AliveAbortion Survivors Protection Act
Born-AliveAbortion Survivors Protection Act
Theright tolife is oneof thebasic humanrightsenshrinedin theconstitution.Thus, thecongresshas beenenactingseveralchangesthat affectthe healthsector-a sectorthat is chargedwith promotingthe healthandwellbeing of theUS citizens.One of theseacts is the 2015 that wascosponsored by Gus M. Bilirakis, theCongress representativefrom thestate ofFlorida. Thebill wasproposed inthe wakeo f thedefeat ofthe 20-weekabortionban andseeks toprotect thelife of thechildrenthat are consideredborn-aliveafter a botched pregnancy(Ewen, 2013). Thoughthe acthas alreadybeenpoliticized andis now afightbetween thedemocratsand therepublican,I believethat theAct has goodintentionsof promotingtheenjoymentof theright tolife evenforchildrenborn duringbotched abortions.
Born-AliveAbortion Survivors Protection Act amendsthe federalcriminalcode torequirehealthpractitioners that are availableduring attemptedorsuccessfulabortion toexercisethe samedegree ofcare tochildrenthat are bornalive. Theact compelshealthcare practitionersto providereasonablecare aswould havebeenprovided toany otherchild bornalive at asimilargestationperiodduring non-abortion events(Payton, 2015). Theact defines‘bornalive’child asany childthat breathesor has abeating heart,pulsationof theumbilical cordor hasdefinitemovement ofvoluntarymuscleseven aftercompleteexpulsionorextractionfrom themother atany stageof development.Further,the actdirectsthat suchchildren beadmitted tohospitalsto receivecontinuedcare to aidin its development(Ewen, 2013).
Individualsthatviolateprovisionsof this actare subjectto criminalchargesthat would seethem servea period offive yearsin prison,pay a fineor both.Thus,healthpractitioners orotheremployeesare obligatedto reportto reportcases oflack ofcompliancewith thesedirectives. Practitioners that killa childthat is bornalive aresubject tocriminalprosecutionfor murderif itis establishedthat thedeathoccurreddue to medicalmalpracticeornegligence(Teitelbaum & Wilensky, 2012). However,the motherof thechild isprotectedagainst criminalprosecutionforviolatingthe actorconcealingthe felony,even thoughshe isallowed tofile acivilaction fordamages against a practitioner that violatesthe law(Teitelbaum & Wilensky, 2012).
Whetherbornintentionallyor duringabortion,the livechild haslife henceit’s aperson.Killingthat littleperson isan act ofmurder ormanslaughterand theculpritshould be punishedfor theact. The protectstheconstitutionally awardedright tolive to theborn-alive child,irrespective of thefactorsthat led toabortion(Ewen, 2013). Further,the actcriminalizes medicalnegligencethat may leadto thedeath ofsuchpersons,therebymaking itpossible toprosecutepractitioners whomay causethe deathof theborn-alive children(The Congress, 2015). However,as noted bysomemedicalpractitioners, savingborn-alive childrenmay actuallykill thebaby,especiallyin theevent whenthe babyis toofrail totransportto alternative hostsystems.Thus, theact willput medicalpractitioners in a difficultsituation,where theymay evenface murdercharges forthe deathof a born-alive childthat would certainlydie evenwith thebest care(Ewen, 2013).
Fromthe above,The seeksto protectthe livesof childrenthat are bornin botched abortionsbutcontinue tohave livingcharacteristicseven afterextractionfrom their mothers.The actrequirespractitioners to providereasonablecare tosuch babiesas theywould havein non abortioncircumstances.The actcriminalizes negligenceof medicalmalpracticesthat may leadto thedeath oftheborn-alive childrento ensurethat eventhese enjoytheconstitutionally awardedright tolife.However,there is a concernthat theact mayvictimizemedicalpractitioners especiallyin situationswhere suchborn-alive childrenare tooweak to betransportedto alternative hostsystems.However, Ibelievethat allpeople,irrespective of their conditionare entitledto their rightto life,including theborn-alive children.Thus said,the actwill be an imperativetool toprotect andpromote theright tolife of theborn-alive.
Ewen,P. B. (2013). An accidental life /Pamela Binnings Ewen. Nashville,Tenn: B & H Publishing Group.
Payton,B. (2015). Senators Fight To ProtectAbortion Survivors. Available athttp://thefederalist.com/2015/09/22/senators-fight-to-protect-abortion-survivors/
Teitelbaum,J. B. & Wilensky, S.E. (2012). Essentialof Health Policy and Law. Sudbury:Jones& Bartlett
TheCongress, (2015). H.R.3504 – Born-Alive Abortion Survivors ProtectionAct. Retrieved fromhttps://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/3504/text